Labour Market


Labour markets tend to be among the most regulated markets in the economy. While these regulations were meant to protect workers, they are often counterproductive by putting obstacles in the way to job creation. Finding the right balance between these two goals remains a difficult task.


  1. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... Read More...

  2. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

  3. Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefits

    Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements... Read More...

  4. TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | Policy Forum

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10... Read More...

  5. Relics of a Byzantine IR System: Why Awards Should Be Abolished

    Alexander Philipatos | 23 May 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Awards are uniquely Australian, and practically as old as the country itself. But in Australia’s modern, competitive economy,... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Hits and misses in the youth employment plan

    Patrick Carvalho | 15 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The Budget’s package to help young jobseekers is a step on the right direction, yet it misses the opportunity to introduce ... Read More

  2. Young jobseekers are suffering the ultimate penalty

    Patrick Carvalho | 11 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    Labor’s new plan to tackle youth unemployment with a pilot project to improve core employability skills may have ... Read More

  3. The right to choose your own super fund

    Patrick Carvalho | 28 Apr 2015 | Investor Daily

    Contrary to Australia’s democratic values, a significant ratio of the country’s workers are denied the right to choose ... Read More

  4. Welfare for car makers: a policy of confusion

    Patrick Carvalho | 10 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Today's announcement that the federal government will not uphold its pledge to abolish the funding assistance to the car ... Read More

  5. Childcare places still come up short

    Trisha Jha | 24 Feb 2015 | Online Opinion

    The Productivity Commission’s report on childcare makes several important recommendations for making the sector more ... Read More

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  1. Tokenism will do nothing for women's superannuation

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Dec 2014

    Greens appear more interested in making a disingenuous pitch to win the votes of those female voters who have a less sophisticated ...

  2. There is no 'right' to help yourself to the taxes of others

    Peter Kurti | 03 Oct 2014

    Political, social or economic problems are readily cast as human rights issue these days....

  3. Making work, not the dole, the easier option

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Aug 2014

    If we want to uphold the moral principle that those who can work should work, we cannot afford to make life on the dole the ...

  4. Unemployment - one size fits some

    Simon Cowan | 01 Aug 2014

    The biggest drawback to recent welfare reform plans on unemployment is in wrongly treating the unemployed as a homogenous ...

  5. Does fair paid parental leave mean taxpayers cop the bill?

    Matthew Taylor | 11 Jul 2014

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave proposal sends a clear message that the parenting of some is superior to that of others....

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